Clare Nowel joined the Ohio State rowing coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 after serving as an assistant coach for the Humboldt rowing team (Arcata, Calif.). Working with the Buckeye First and Second Varsity Fours, Nowel coached the 1V4 to an eighth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA championships. Previously, in the Big Ten championships, both crews had Top 3 finishes. The Second Varsity Four won its race by almost eight seconds over Wisconsin, while the First Varsity Four secured a third-place finish. Both finishes were instrumental in helping the Buckeyes to their third conference title in program history.
In 2010, Nowel assisted Humboldt to the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association title on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The WIRA championship is an all-division regatta and according to HSU head coach Robin Meiggs, the Lumberjacks were the first non-Division I program to win the title. Nowel also aided the Lumberjacks to a third-place finish in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference championships on Lake Vancouver courtesy of six Top 4 boat finishes.
A three-year varsity rower and coxswain for Humboldt, Nowel also ran track and cross country for the Lumberjacks. Prior to earning her bachelor's degree in recreation administration in 2009 at Humboldt, Nowel received her associate's degree from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 2006. She also ran track and cross country at Cuesta College, in addition to playing soccer.
Nowel is currently working on her master's degree in social work at Ohio State.